This video game is getting a live music score and performance

In a groundbreaking move video game ‘Dear Esther’ is getting a full performance in London’s Barbican with a live music score and narration.

Theater with live music is nothing new, even film viewings featuring an accompanying orchestra aren’t unusual nowadays. Dear Esther, developed by The Chinese Room, however is taking a revolutionary move with  a performance of it’s video game with live music and narrative accompaniments at the Barbican Centre in London.

The mystery exploration game will be played through in it’s entirety whilst BAFTA-nominated narrator Nigel Carrington leads you through the game. All the while BAFTA-winning composer Jessica Curry will bring the game’s story to life with a “powerful score” performed live alongside the playthrough.

The game is described as:

A deserted landscape, memories of a fatal crash, a book written by a dying explorer – explore an island shrouded in mystery.

Starting on a small beach, with only brooding cliffs and a small lighthouse in view, Nigel Carrington takes you through the game, journeying from the desolate Hebridean island to a car crash on the M5, a crisis of faith of a guilty heart, the lost shores of a dreamed shoreline and a final ascent through the waters of madness to the release of flight.

Originally released in 2012, Dear Esther quickly gained critical acclaim for abandoning traditional gameplay in favour of atmosphere, rich storytelling and extraordinary art, proving videogames are capable of the same musical, narrative and artistic expression as film, literature and Classical music.

The Telegraph described it as: “A beautiful and thought-provoking piece of work. It is oil painting, poetry, eulogy and video game all at once. And it’s never less than fascinating.”

It is thanks to Dear Esther’s unique gameplay style based on discovery, rather than action or puzzles, that allows it to break new ground with a live performance and accompaniment of theatrical scope.

Tickets for the performance at Barbican in London are now available for £10 – £22.50 here.

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Selena Gomez, J-Lo, Jason Derulo, Britney + many more collab on song for Orlando victims

24 of the biggest artists around the world have come together on a single track to commemorate the 49 victims of the Orlando shootings last month.

On June 12, last month, a gunman killed 49 victims at a gay nightclub in Orlando. The shock of the hateful attack resonated around the world and brought the attention of the LGBT community back into the limelight, and how the world still isn’t tolerant everywhere.

The latest effort to support the LGBT community and help raise money for victims funds is a collaborative song by 24 of the highest profile singers and musicians. The proceeds raised from the single, titled ‘Hands’ will go towards Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, and GLAAD.

The 24 artists featured in the track are:

Mary J Blige, Jason Derulo, Britney Spears, Tyler Glenn, Selena Gomez, Halsey, Ty Herndon, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Adam Lambert, Mary Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, Kacey Musgraves, MNEK, Alex Newell, P!nk, Prince Royce, Nate Ruess, RuPaul, Troye Sivan, Jussie Smollett, Gwen Stefani, and Meghan Trainor. 

The track was written by: Justin Tranter, Julia Michaels, Bloodpop, and Ely Rise. It was produced by BloodPop, Mark Ronson, and Justin Tranter.

You can purchase the track exclusively on iTunes here:

You can further support those affected by the Orlando tragedy at a GoFundMe here:


Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old
Amanda Alvear, 25 years old
Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old
Antonia Davon Brown, 29 years old
Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old
Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old
Juan Chavez Martinez, 25 years old
Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old
Cory James Connell, 21 years old
Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old
Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old
Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old
Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old
Peter O. Gonsalez-Cruz, 22 years old
Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old
Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old
Frank Hernandez, 27 years old
Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old
Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old
Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old
Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old
Anthony Luis Laureano Disla, 25 years old
Christopher “Drew” Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old
Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old
KJ Morris, 37 years old
Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old
Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old
Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old
Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old
Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old
Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old
Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old
Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old
Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old
Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old
Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old,
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old
Juan P. Rivera Velasquez, 37 years old
Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old
Frank Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old
Luis Daniel Lestat Wilson-Leon, 37 years old
Jerald “Jerry” Arthur Wright, 31 years old

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Get your favourite SoundCloud tracks on vinyl

Vinyl is more popular now than it’s been in years and with that in mind a new service is blending streaming with the vinyl of old. is a new service that blends the music formats of yesteryear with the massively popular, music streaming site SoundCloud. You can request your favourite artists permission to approve a vinyl version of their SoundCloud tracks.

SoundCloud lets anyone upload their music to their site, but with this system it makes it hard to properly own music especially since a lot of these tracks aren’t available to download. Vinylize allows you to pay for their music, which the original artist just has to approve with vinyl ready audio files and your record will be created and delivered.

It’s so easy to do that there are just 4 steps:

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